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More blood tests and still 'normal' !


So I've had more recent bloods (this time full blood count, anti nuclear antibodies and they're all 'normal' whereas i feel I'm loosing the plot. Still tired, cant get up in the morning and very sluggish, short of breath, appetite loss but put on 3lb in 2 weeks. Hoping GP comes up with something tomorrow, starting to feel it's all in my head!!!? :-(

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We never accept 'normal' or o.k. with regard to blood tests for thyroid hormones.

Get a print-out from the surgery with the ranges and pos them on a new question. Some surgeries charge a nominal sum for paper/ink.

Chassis don't get on scales. I had a week of swimming every day for a week almost.starved then gained 2lbs on a week I don't mind d admitting I cried. So I thought Sid it get myself well then worry.bout weight! Went gluten free boiled bones (for different veg and more now feeling a lot better and for last 6 weeks.list 1lb.week and.that's even with 2 squares plain choc.which I'm.getting.addicted to as had ginger in so just suck forever YUM. You'll do it in time.better to be bigger and feeling healthy then a slim wreck! X


If you can face it .....Suggest you ask GP to check levels of vitamin d, b12, folate and ferratin. These all need to at VERY GOOD (not just average) levels for thyroid hormones (our own or replacement ones) to work in our cells

Also I don't think that you have had thyroid antibodies checked? There are two sorts TPO Ab and TG Ab. (Thyroid peroxidase and thyroglobulin) Both need checking, if either, or both are high this means autoimmune thyroid - called Hashimoto's the most common cause in UK of being hypo.

(NHS rarely checks TPO and almost never checks TG. NHS believes it is impossible to have negative TPO and raised TG. It's rare, but not impossible, there are a few members on here that have this.)

ALWAYS Make sure you get the actual figures from tests (including ranges - figures in brackets). You are entitled to copies of your own results. Some surgeries make nominal charge for printing out. Alternatively you can now ask for online access to your own medical records. Though not all surgeries can do this yet, or may not have blood test results available yet online.

When you get results suggest you make a new post on here and members can offer advice on any vitamin supplements needed

If you can not face asking GP to do these tests, then like many of us, you can get them done privately

Blue Horizon - Thyroid plus eleven tests all these. £99

This is an easy to do fingerprick test you do at home, post back and they email results to you couple of days later.

Usual advice on ALL thyroid tests, (home one or on NHS) is to do early in morning, ideally before 9am. No food or drink beforehand (other than water) If you are taking Levo, then don't take it in 24 hours before (take straight after). This way your tests are always consistent, and it will show highest TSH, and as this is mainly all the medics decide dose on, best idea is to keep result as high as possible

Just as I suspected, GP has upped my anti D by 50mg as he feels this is what all my symptoms are pointing too! Aaaarrrrgggghhhh! :-( and apparently with a TSH of 4, that's not enough to even show any symptoms of hypo!!!!

You could ask him how he can prescribe anti-Ds with no blood tests to prove you are depressed, but can't prescribe thyroid meds based on symptoms ... the answer is money and funding points - none to speak of for thyroid and lots for depression.

I've told him and the other GP I'm more relaxed and chilled out than I ever have been. He's reply was 'well that's really good but to be honest your appearance is very simular to how you were last year when you were very low!!!'

Funny thing is HE took me off anti D as i'D apparently been on them long enough! after I told him it's not a good idea, 2 weeks later I was rock bottom, bk on them but they weren't working!

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